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    • Brothers and Sisters,

      I want to first thank all of you for having the confidence to elect me as your President for the next two years. I am truly humbled by your support. Secondly, I want to welcome the newly elected MSCFF Executive Board. I have all the confidence that they will hit the ground running, doing the business that our membership expects and deserves. As a note to that, I want to say a sincere thank you to our past, long serving Secretary-Treasurer Kirk Lair for his many years of service to our association and its members. Your counsel will surely be missed.

      2017 Convention Highlights

      Guest Speakers

      • IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger
      • United States Senator Claire McCaskill (D)
      • Missouri Governor Eric Greitens (R)
      • Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway (D)
      • State Senator Mike Kehoe (R) MSCFF Legislator of the Year
      • State Senatorial Candidate Lincoln Hough (R)

      There were three Resolutions passed at convention –

      1. Resolution number 1 Requires any expenditure of $1,000.00 or more to be voted on by the MSCFF Executive Board. This language had been incorporated into the MSCFF Policy Guidelines last year, but now is codified into our CB&L’s.
      2. Resolution number 2 enshrined former S/T Kirk Lair as Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus
      3. Resolution number 3 enshrined former Vice President Dennis Murray as a VP Emeritus

      All three resolutions passed unanimously. Congratulations to both VP Murray and S/T Lair. Other highlights from the convention floor included

      • The unanimous endorsement of United States Senator Claire McCaskill for re-election to the US Senate
      • The unanimous endorsement of Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway for Missouri Auditor
      • Missouri State Senator Mike Kehoe was awarded Missouri Legislator of the Year for Public Safety
      • Governor Eric Greitens received several robust applauds during his speech to the delegates and attendees, including a standing ovation when he addressed the convention body about his plans to address the Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) concerns that the MSCFF and the IAFF have been working on for the last few years, and the Cancer Presumptive dilemma that continues to plague our ranks.

      Some other very important points to come out of Convention was your concerns about our membership communication apparatus and accountability to you. During several pre-convention conversations, I heard that for a host of reasons some of our members feel that the MSCFF’s message and communications (or lack thereof) has not been what it could be, or what you deserve. Going forward my pledge to you is that we will do much better.

      While addressing the convention body I asked for your help in making and holding me and your other elected MSCFF Board members accountable. I plan to put in place an accountability mechanism to do just that. Some of these mechanisms will include a checkoff of visits to each affiliate Local by their District Vice President to hear firsthand the wants and needs of the men and women on the front lines. To regularly speak with affiliate leadership to make sure they are apprised of what actions we are undertaking to make our members working environment better, and safer, and to hear any suggestions from you on how we might do things better.

      To bring a better product to you, statistically we will be more accountable on how we allocate and use our resources, whether it be though our lobbing efforts, consulting, or boots on the ground. We plan to broaden our presence in the halls of the State Capitol by assuring your President and your Legislative Director have a clear mandate from you, and our affiliate leadership on what your priorities are, while being cognizant of the hostile environment we often find ourselves operating in.    

      I plan to have informal roundtable discussions, at different locales, in all parts of the state, with members to hear directly what your thoughts and ideas are. We are also planning to ramp up our social media platform, to take our messaging to where you are. A good story goes untold if no one reads, sees, or hears it. We plan to reach you via Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and more. But in order to make this work we will need your assistance. We need you to tell us what you hear, think, want and envision. We are ever mindful knowing that service is all that we sell, and you, the membership, are our only customers.  We must and will do better at communicating this to each and every one of you holistically and individually. 

      In the mean, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email, text, or cell. Your thoughts can only make us better and as always

      Stay Safe.

      Fraternally,

      Sherwood L. Smith
      President
      Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters

      2017 MSCFF Convention Video

      2017 In Memoriam Video of our Fallen Brothers

      On Monday, March 6th Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) addressed the attendees at the International Association of Fire Fighters Legislative Conference.  Senator McCaskill is very supportive of continuing to fund Fire Grants, Cancer Presumptive Laws and Collective Barganing Rights for Hours, Wages and Working Conditions. 

      During our visit to the US Capitol on Tuesday, March 7th, Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters President Sherwood Smith and IAFF Local 42 Secretary-Treasurer Tim Dupin visite with Senator McCaskill to discuss the IAFF Legislative Agenda for 2017 and ask for her support on the key issues that we are striving to continue to have funded for SAFER Grants, the FIRE ACT and more.  For more on this please read the article that appeared in the Lee's Summit Tribune here.

      An article was featured on February 26th in the Kansas City Star highlighting the increase in cancer related deaths in Firefighters across North America.  Here in Missouri families are faced with fighting for workers' compensation benefits after their loved ones have died and the our government acknowledges are presumptively job related due to the exposure of carcinogens that firefighters are exposed to throughout their careers.  Read the entire article here.

      The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters would like to welcome our newest Affliate Local: Lake City, MO Fire Fighters.  Lake City Fire Fighters protect the individuals that work and reside at the Army Ammunition Production facility, located in Independence, MO. 


      What's New at MSCFF

      The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters is proud to introduce our newest communication tool; the UnionActive™ Mobile Application for Android, iOS Smartphones and Tablets. 

      This new technology works in concert with our website.  All this is required to use the Mobile App is to be a registered user with the MSCFF website.  We will soon provide all registered members a link to download the Mobile App via Google Play or iTunes Store thru our website Email system.

      If you are not currently a registered member we would like to encourage you to visit our website and register.  Once you have been approved you will have complete access to the latest information regarding Fire Fighter Issues within Missouri right in the palm of your hand.  Please allow 24 to 48 hours to be approved once you have registered.  

      Once you download the Mobile App, you will log into the application with the same User Name and Password that you established to access the MSCFF website.  From that point forward each time you launch the Mobile App you are already logged in and can access the Members Only Section of the website via the Mobile App.

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      Golf Outing is CANCELLED for September 27th
      09/20/17 - IAFF Local 4416
      Local 2687 Update
      09/20/17 - Hamden Professional Firefighters
      Update from the Hamden Professional Firefighters: Hamden Professional Firefighters have been very active the past week at several different events.  We created a team of riders for the CLOSER TO FREE cycling event, which was held on September 9th, 2017.
      SPECIAL UNION MEETING
      09/20/17 - Shoreline Fire Fighters
      Brothers and Sisters, We will be having a Special Union Meeting on:  Monday September 25th at 0830 at Station 61 The business to be considered is related to: An informational overview and presentation of an MOU which may be voted on at the October Union meeting.
      Tuesday, October 3, 2017: Dunn's Pub 2345 Whitney Ave., Hamden
      09/20/17 - UPFFA
      October 23, 2017: The Hundred Club of Connecticut 50th Anniversary
      09/20/17 - UPFFA
      October Union Meeting Change & Election Notice
      09/20/17 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
      This is notice that due to scheduling conflict, the October Union meeting will be moved to Wednesday October 11th at 7PM and Thursday October 12th at 8:30 AM at the Original Brooklyn’s (2644 W. Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204).  We will hold nominations for Executive Board Officers at this meeting pursuant to Article IV Section 2 of the Bylaws.
      Walk With Pat Harris At Payne Arcade Harvest Parade
      09/19/17 - IAFF Local 21
      Breast Cancer Awareness 2017
      09/19/17 - Cedar Hill Professional Firefighters Association
      Please use the link below to order Cedar Hill Fire Fighters Association - Auxiliary Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirts. Once on the page click the logo for the CHFFA Auxiliary and the password to enter into the members area is: CHFDallpink https://bigdawgshirtshack.
      Pat Harris Event
      09/19/17 - IAFF Local 21
      Dedication
      09/19/17 - Randolph FireFighters IAFF Local 1268
      Defusing/Debriefing Meetings
      09/19/17 - IAFF 1826
      Buddy Walk
      09/18/17 - IAFF Local 739
      Buddy Walk Massachusetts Down Syndrome Walk On October 8, 2017, I will be participating in the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress’ Buddy Walk in Wakefield in honor of my son, Noah.  This walk takes place each year in Massachusetts to support the more than 5,000 families who have a member with Down Syndrome in the Commonwealth.
      2017 Nominations & Elections Notice
      09/18/17 - IAFF Local 42
      Brother James Green LODD
      09/18/17 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      It is with great pride and honor that we placed our brother, BCFD Firefighter James Green on the IAFF Memorial Wall for his LODD in 2015. Special thanks to our honor guard members Adriana Delgado, Frank Chavez and Donovan Jacks for proudly representing us all in presnting the IAFF Flag to brother Green's wife, Maura Green.
      First responders honored at American Legion event
      09/17/17 - IAFF Local 1164
      Fire Inspector Greg Thomas accepts his award from Commander Larry Fenner and Veteran Service Officer Jim Pardo.(Photo: Bill Bresler | hometownlife.com) American Legion honors Livonia first responders at annual Sept. 11 dinner A Livonia firefighter and two police officers were recognized for their work the last year. Start the conversation, or Read more at Westland Observer.
      House Fire on Saugatuck Avenue
      09/17/17 - IAFF Local 1081
      Westport Firefighters Respond to House Fire At 2:23 PM on September 17th the Westport Fire Department received a call from a passing motorist who reported a house fire at 298 Saugatuck Avenue. The initial response was 4 Engine Companies, 1 Ladder Truck and Car 3 from Westport (shift commander) and a Norwalk Fire Engine.
      Extrication on the Merritt Parkway
      09/17/17 - IAFF Local 1081
      Westport Firefighters Respond to Extrication On Augst 5th at 6:35 this morning, during torrential rainfall, Westport Fire Department was dispatched to the Merritt Parkway northbound for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Engine 6, Rescue 3 and the Shift Commander responded to the call.
      Extrication on Wilton Road
      09/17/17 - IAFF Local 1081
      On July 27th, Westport Firefighters had to extricate a victim from a car at the intersection of Wilton Road and Bolton Lane.
      LODD Wall adding Lt. Flaherty
      09/16/17 - IAFF Local 740
      The 31st IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial service will be broadcast live via streaming video on Saturday, September 16. The ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado, officially begins at 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time. At this year’s memorial service, the IAFF will add 196 fallen fire fighters from the United States and Canada to the Wall of Honor.
      2017 IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial
      09/15/17 - IAFF Local 1014
      US House Passes Fire Fighter Cancer Registry
      09/14/17 - IAFF Local 4416
      House Passes Firefighter Cancer Registry Act A top IAFF legislative priority, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017 (H.R. 931), cleared its final hurdle in the U.S. House of Representatives this week, passing by a unanimous vote.
      Tonight's Meeting Location Change
      09/14/17 - Explorer Post 107
      There is a location change for tonight’s Explorer training. Tonight’s training will be held at Station 153 (5463 Sovereign Street, Castle Rock. Please stop by the Fire Training Center and pick up your gear or have another Explorer get it for you! Please pass this information on to other Explorers as you see them.
      Breast Cancer Awareness Shirts
      09/14/17 - IAFF local 1289
      October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, once again we will be selling the navy blue duty shirts in various styles and sizes. The cost is 20$ with all proceeds going towards the fight to cure cancers. Orders placed by September 21st will be available for pickup after October 1st, through Bjorn at station 4. Be sure to include your phone number with the order.
      Birmingham Charity Golf Tournament
      09/14/17 - IAFF 14th District
      Birmingham Local 117 is hosting a charity golf tournament November 1, 2017 benefiting Camp Smile-A-Mile. See attachment for more information.
      Tim Butler's Budget Presentation
      09/13/17 - IAFF Local 21
      Tim Butlers presentation starts around the 63 minute mark.
      Letter from General President Harold A. Schaitberger
      09/13/17 - UPFFA
      To All IAFF Affiliate Leaders, We need your help to provide needed emergency funds to our IAFF Disaster Relief Fund. Over the last several weeks, you've seen our members in action in response to Hurricane Harvey, working around the clock to rescue literally tens of thousands of civilians, while risking their own lives and knowing their own homes were likely damaged or destroyed.
      September 10, 2017: Ct. United Ride
      09/13/17 - UPFFA
      Special Request From General President Schaitberger – Disaster Relief Fund
      09/13/17 - IAFF Local 2546
      To All IAFF Affiliate Leaders, We need your help to provide needed emergency funds to our IAFF Disaster Relief Fund. Over the last several weeks, you've seen our members in action in response to Hurricane Harvey, working around the clock to rescue literally tens of thousands of civilians, while risking their own lives and knowing their own homes were likely damaged or destroyed.
      IAFF Press Release: Firefighter Cancer Registry Act
      09/13/17 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
      Important Hurricane Relief Message from President Kennell
      09/13/17 - IAFF Local 2546
      Important Hurricane Relief Message from President Kennell: Brothers and Sisters: First, I want to ask all members with serious problems to contact their DVP or Secretary Heinis so you can be put on a list for assistance. Remember, we can't help if we're not aware of the need.
      Local 21 Golf Tournament
      09/12/17 - IAFF Local 21
      Local 21 Annual Golf Tournament will be held on September 20 at Oak Glen Golf Course, 1599 McKusick Rd N, Stillwater, MN 55082.  Shotgun start at 1:00 p.m.  Cost $55.  Active & retired, all are welcome.  Prizes, gifts, green fees, cart, and dinner included.
      Peer Support Program and LOA
      09/12/17 - IAFF Local 1805
      Brothers and Sisters, Please review the attached proposed LOA on Pump Testing and Peer Support program. Information will be available at September's General membership meeting and voting will be online starting Thursday, September 14th with an end date of the 21st.
      Hurricane Relief
      09/12/17 - Professional Firefighters of Maine
      Your union needs your help to provide needed emergency funds to our IAFF Disaster Relief Fund. Over the last two weeks, you've seen your brothers and sisters in action in response to Hurricane Harvey, working around the clock to rescue literally tens of thousands of civilians, while risking their own lives and knowing their own homes were likely damaged or destroyed.
      Fallen Firefighter Memorial
      09/12/17 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
      Please join us for the IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial this weekend in Colorado Springs.
      Fill The Boot
      09/12/17 - IAFF Local 21
      Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week (Sept 12-14) Saint Paul Firefighters will be out at major intersections, during the evening rush hour, within the City of Saint Paul for our annual Fill The Boot campaign.  This event provides funding for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in its efforts to find a cure for muscular dystrophy.
      2017 Trunk or Treat Event
      09/12/17 - IAFF Local 42
      Hurrican Relief Water Drive
      09/12/17 - IAFF Local 42
      LETTER FROM THE IAFF GENERAL PRESIDENT
      09/11/17 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
      To All IAFF Affiliate Leaders, We need your help to provide needed emergency funds to our IAFF Disaster Relief Fund.
      Support Texas & Florida
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      IAFF Remembers: 16 Years After September 11
      09/11/17 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      Sixteen years ago on September 11, in the greatest tragedy in the history of the fire service, 343 FDNY members died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
      L30 NOTIFICATION
      09/11/17 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
      ATTENTION RETIREES For those of you who still visit our website, the Member Log-In has been updated to active members only. The only reason behind this change is for easier utilization of new "Member Resources" notifications & features on the website and upcoming mobile app. The majority of the content will continue to be available wihout a password.
      Halloween Party 2017
      09/11/17 - Westport Fire Local1802
      Westport Fire Department hosts is annual Halloween party at 4pm at station 1. Parking will be a challenge due to the Police Department construction.
      2017 Breast Cancer Awareness Shirts
      09/10/17 - IAFF Local 3666
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      09/10/17 - IAFF Local 1014
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      Chairman Mike Sellers Retires from SLFD Fire Board after 18 years of service
      09/09/17 - IAFF Local 3560
      Sun Lakes Fire District Board Chairman Mike Sellers retires after 18 years of loyal service to the citizens of Sun Lakes. Chairman Sellers is the longest running Fire Board Member in Sun Lakes Fire District history. On Behalf of all the Members of Local 3560, past and present, we would like to thank Chairman Sellers for all his support and guidance for almost 2 decades and wish him all the best.
      Portable Generator Safety Tips
      09/09/17 - IAFF Local 3990
      Thousands of people throughout Florida will be using portable generators to power their homes and businesses after Irma hits. Here are some safety tips to operate a generator safely. Also remember, for the safety of the linemen out there restoring power, you need to cut off your main breaker if you are back feeding your house!! (this is not a recommended method of use) 1.
      Hurricane Irma Update #3
      09/09/17 - IAFF Local 1403
      Dear Brothers and Sisters, The link below is another important update from Local 1403. Stay strong, stay safe and stay united! /Hurricane%20Irma%20Update%20%233.
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